I really appreciate your ideas! I would like to do the video game idea as well. 30 minutes feels like a long time. Do you ever do it 15 minutes? About how many days a week do you do it for math?
The vocabulary word wall review was great. I have done some similar activities. Do you have any vocabulary review game ideas to share with us?
Also, with our new state testing the big push is problem solving in math. Most of our state assessment is word problems. Would you be able to blog about that sometime? They have assigned a "Depth of Knowledge" to each tested objective that we teach. I was wondering if you had any ideas on that, too.
Great questions! I usually do the video game math for about 20 - 25 minutes depending on the type of lesson. With addition, I do it for less time because it is easy. With triple digit multiplication I may do it for a half an hour.
In terms of frequency, I usually do it two or three days in a row about once a month. Of course, you could do it more often. Just don't do it so often that it loses it's novelty because then it will also lose effectiveness.
One variation...I post the answer key in two places in the room. Students check themselves. If they get any problems wrong, then they can come to me for assistance. This way the ownership on learning is more on them, it allows me to be more available for help, and they can often discover their own mistakes by the time they get to my desk.
I do have a fun Word Wall review game we do every Friday. I will be sharing that in a future post, as well as state testing thoughts and opinions.
Thank you for reading.
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